Murchison, Charlotte

BORN 18 Apr 1788, Nursted house, Hampshire (near Petersfeld) - DIED 9 Feb 1869, London: 16 Belgrave Square
BIRTH NAME Hugonin, Charlotte
GRAVE LOCATION London: Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Road, West Brompton (5W 182,00 x 6,,3)

Charlotte Hugonin was the daughter of general Hugonin (d.1836). In 1815 she met and married Roderick Murchison. From 1816 to 1818 they travelled in France, Switzerland and Italy. She was very much interested in geology and stimulated her husband to develop an interest in the subject.

Supported by his wife Muchison became a leading geologist. She started collecting fossils and worked as an assistent to her husband and Charles Lyell. During their travels in Europe she sketched geological structures and landscapes.

After the death of her mother in 1838 she inherited a fortune that enabled the couple to live at 16 belgrave Square in London. Charlotte hosted soirees attended by many scientists and politicians. She died in 1869 at home.

• Husband: Murchison, Roderick Impey (1815-1869)


The grave of Roderick Murchison at Brompton Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (19 Aug 2017)


Charlotte Murchison - Wikipedia

Murchison, Roderick Impey

Published: 15 Oct 2017
Last update: 29 May 2021